When you think about protecting your car’s paint job, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, it’s the same four words: “Wax on, wax off.”
What many of these people don’t know is that car paint protection has come a long way since that phrase was made popular in the 1980s. One of the most modern advances is ceramic coating.
So, if you’re wondering, “Just what is ceramic coating?” then keep reading. The following guide explains how this new technology is different than waxing and how your car will benefit from a ceramic coat. Read on to discover more.
Ceramic coating is a lot like a fresh new coat of transparent paint. This coat is hard and protective, much stronger than a soft coat of wax.
Part of what makes ceramic coating so strong is its use of nanotechnology. That is, the coat is made of tiny particles of clear, solid matter, such as ceramic, glass, or quartz. The actual materials/formula of the coating varies.
Once applied, the ceramic coating bonds with the vehicle’s existing coat of paint to form a protective shell. This bond can last for years. And all the while it keeps your car’s paint and body safe from UV rays, chemical discoloration or stains, oxidation, and more.
Now let’s take a look at the specific benefits of ceramic coating. Whether your car’s old or new, here are some great ways ceramic coating will help keep it well-preserved.
Even if your car is fresh off the lot, you know it won’t stay that way. All it takes is one rock kicked up by a semi-truck or one hit-and-run shopping cart to spoil that fresh, new look. If you’re extra unlucky, this can happen the very first time you drive it.
But you can avoid these unfortunate fates by applying a protective shell of ceramic coating. This is also a good idea any time you have your car repainted.
When the coating takes a hit, the paint underneath is still protected. Besides, the coating is more resistant to damage than the paint is on its own.
Actually, many car owners notice their car looking better than new after applying ceramic coating. The clear, glossy finish enhances the look of the current paint job.
Often, the car ends up looking shinier than it did the first day off the lot. Even a new car can look newer with a fresh application of ceramic coating.
Still, the coating isn’t magic. That is, it doesn’t hide scuffs and scratches. It just makes them shinier.
So, if you’re aiming to enhance the look of your car, you’d better fix up the paint job first.
Arguably the best benefit of ceramic coating is how long it lasts. People who love the look of a freshly waxed car are not so thrilled about having to reapply every three months.
If that sounds like you, then you should definitely consider switching to ceramic coating. Once applied, your ceramic coat could last as long as 7 years.
We have to warn you, though, that it’s somewhat less convenient than it sounds. Although you have to reapply less frequently, the application itself requires much more time/effort than alternative options.
Since ceramic coating is so long-lasting, you need to take extra care when preparing for the application. To put it another way, there’s no easy way to “undo” the coating. You need to be absolutely certain that there are no scuffs, scratches, or dirt that will be trapped under the coating.
And you should really let a professional handle the application. Any mistakes in the application will last a long time as well.
The coating doesn’t only protect against scratches. It’s also resistant to dirt.
Besides looking like new, your car will look cleaner, too. Well, more accurately, it will be cleaner because dirt can’t easily stick to the ultra-smooth surface of the ceramic coating. That means washing it will be easier, also.
Speaking of which, the coating is also hydrophobic. That is, it’s resistant to water, mud—any liquid, really.
Drying your car after a wash will be much easier as well. And you won’t have to worry about water spots if you take too long with the towel, either. With ceramic coating, your car is practically self-cleaning.
Lastly, ceramic coating is more cost-effective than wax or other paint protection options. First, consider how rarely you need to reapply it compared to how often you’d need to re-wax your car.
A single application of ceramic coating could last for 7 years. You’d have to reapply wax about 20 times in that duration. The time and money you spend on all these reapplications could easily cost more than ceramic coating.
Secondly, ceramic coating protects your car better than waxing, anyway. You won’t have to spend as much time and money fixing up your paint job with that level of protection.
It may seem expensive at first glance. After all, the labor-intensive installation of ceramic coating does come with a hefty price. In the long-run, though, it should definitely save you money.
We should warn you, however, about DIY ceramic coatings. These save you money on installation, but they typically require more frequent reapplication. Plus, any mistakes you make while applying can be costly to remove.
What is ceramic coating going to do for your car? It’s time to find out for yourself.
It’s one thing to read about the awesome benefits of ceramic coating. But once you see the shine with your own eyes, you’ll never choose the other detailing options again.
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